Payette County Recreation District History

The history of Payette County Recreation District: A citizen’s group was formed in 1975 for the purpose of researching the need for a County Recreation District. They found the need in existence and decided to do something about it. After establishing a non-profit corporation, the committee sought federal funds through the CETA program. Funds were secured through CETA for a recreation director. The funds lasted until November 1976, at which time alternate funds were then investigated. The committee tried to establish a joint funding program among the cities of Payette County and Payette County itself. Such a program failed and the only other alternative was to form a special recreation district. The committees next task was to obtain 1500 signatures of registered voters in Payette County. The signatures were needed in order to place the formation of a recreation district on the November 2, 1976 election ballot. The committee received petitions with the needed 1500 signatures in favor of the formation of a recreation district. The district was in need of at least 50% “Yes” vote in order to pass. The cost to the residents of Payette County by voting “yes” would be one dollar per $24,000.00 assessed value per year or only one Mill levy. The election was held and the formation of the recreation district passed. The hard work of many volunteers paid off, as the Payette County Recreation District was now a reality. Since 1976 the district has been growing at leaps and bounds. We are currently located at 1200 N. Pennsylvania avenue Fruitland, Idaho at Mesa park (Freedom Park).


Payette County Recreation District
1200 N. Pennsylvania Ave.
Fruitland, ID 83619
(208) 452-3542

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